Catalonia A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0195327977
ISBN-13: 9780195327977
Edition: 2007
Authors: Michael Eaude
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Description: In Catalonia, Michael Eaude illuminates the cultural and literary history of one of the world's most intriguing places--from the stunning modern architecture of Barcelona, to the medieval Bendictine abbey at Montserrat, to the ancient Roman ruins of  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In Catalonia, Michael Eaude illuminates the cultural and literary history of one of the world's most intriguing places--from the stunning modern architecture of Barcelona, to the medieval Bendictine abbey at Montserrat, to the ancient Roman ruins of Tarragona. Eaude takes us on a revealing tour of Catalonia's breathtaking landscape, from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava, recounting the region's rich history and relating tales of Catalonia's most colorful figures, such as Abbot Aliva, who brought Moorish learning to Europe; the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor; and Jacint Verdaguer, the handsome nineteenth-century poet-priest. Of course, Catalonia is famous for its twentieth-century art. This book sheds light on the revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings (including the Sagrada Familia) and Antoni Gaudi and it also explores the region's artistic legacy: the young Picasso painting Barcelona's vibrant slums; Salvador Dali, inspired by the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to paint his landscapes of the human mind; and Joan Miro, discovering the colors of the red earth at Montroig. Drawing on social history, literature local and foreign, the arts and music, Catalonia will dramatically change how we view the topography of one of the most vibrant regions of Spain.

Michael Eaude writes for the Guardian and Independent and is the author of Barcelona, The City that Re-Invented Itself.

Introduction
Birth and Rebirth of a Nation
The First Town in Spain. Portbou
Mediterranean: The Center of the Earth. Tarragona
Romanesque Catalonia. The Pyrenees
Glory and Rapine. Poblet and Athens
The Poet-Priest and the Indiano. Verdaguer
The Lancashire of Spain. Gaudi and Guell
Geniuses
Fleeing the Straight and Narrow. Gaudi and Reus
Modern Painting. Rusinol at Sitges, Picasso
The Terminal Beach. Salvador Dali
Feet rooted to the Red Earth. Joan Miro
Come from a Silence. Raimon
Tourism and War
The Sweaty Groin. Barcelona's Raval
The Gothic Quarter. Barcelona
Mass Migration and Mass Tourism. Lloret
Plain and River. Lleida and the Ebro
The Anarchist Dream. George Orwell
The Landscape in the Pot
Cradle and Refuge. FC Barcelona
Glossary
Short Bibliography

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